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Following a daily schedule for your intermittent self-catheterization is important for several reasons. Sticking to a routine can help you prevent accidents and avoid health risks.
Once you can perform intermittent catheterization on your own, you’ll be focused on getting the process down so you can perform it trouble-free at home. Your healthcare team likely guided you through the steps. One aspect that they probably covered was the importance of staying on a catheterization daily schedule, and how this can have a positive impact on your quality of life.
Three reasons to stick to a catheterization daily schedule
It may be challenging to stay on a strict regimen, especially if intermittent catheterization is new to you. However, knowledge is power. Below are three reasons why staying on your self-catheterization schedule every day is a good idea.
The right catheterization daily schedule for you
Your healthcare team probably provided you with a recommended frequency for self-catheterization – perhaps between 4 and 6 times a day. Of course, everyone is different, and your specific medical condition, diet, fluid intake, lifestyle, and other factors come into play when determining the ideal routine for you.
As always, follow the advice of your healthcare team. If you develop complications, such as recurring incontinence or UTIs, consult with them. They may recommend changes to your routine, such as increasing the frequency of your self-catheterizations.
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The information provided herein is not medical advice and is not intended to substitute for the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare provider. This information should not be used to seek help in a medical emergency. If you experience a medical emergency, seek medical treatment in person immediately.